A Great Leader Makes Imperfect Decisions


A Great Leader Makes Imperfect Decisions.

That can be hard to admit. You want every decision or choice to be the right one, to be perfect.

As a leader, it is rare to have all the information necessary to support a big decision. It is hard to know all the angles or consequences beforehand.

When making a big decision you have to weigh the time, effort, and financial cost against all the potential benefits. You also have to take into consideration the dangers in delaying the decision.

A great leader knows when to make a good decision and when to attempt to make the perfect decision.

A great leader knows when to live with a decision that they have made and when to correct a bad decision.

A great leader knows that no decision, or making a late decision can be worse than a bad decision.

A great leader knows that sometimes they will make mistakes, but they also know that a great leader is judged on their long term track record of success, not on one decision alone.

A great leader is NOT perfect.

“A good leader takes a little more than his share of the blame, a little less than his share of the credit.” – Arnold H. Glasow

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  1. Jon Mertz – Jon is a thought entrepreneur, named one of the Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business by Trust Across America, 2014 – 2016, and highlighted as a “Leader to Watch” in 2015 by the American Management Association. His background includes leadership roles for entrepreneurial and enterprise companies – Corepoint Health, Deloitte, and IBM – along with serving in Washington, DC, in various political appointments. Jon is pursuing a doctorate in interdisciplinary leadership at Creighton University.
    Jon Mertz says:

    An important to remember as a leader and follower…. we all are human! Thanks, Chantal.

  2. joyviz – United States – Partner and co-owner of Vizwerx Group, LLC, a management consulting group that uses visual thinking practices to help teams work better together.
    Joy Guthrie says:

    Great reminder, Chantal! Thank you.

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